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Letter from MPI CEO on CMM Program Decision
The bedrock of MPI is our members and chapters, so when you raised concerns with planned updates to the CMM Program, we said that we would listen to your input and if your suggestions result in a stronger program, we would make appropriate adjustments. Over the past six weeks we have received a great deal of constructive feedback through extensive community outreach.
After aggregating, analyzing and synthesizing your feedback, we found a number of consistent recommendations, which if implemented, would strengthen the CMM Program going forward. After reviewing the recommended changes with our partner, GBTA, together we have agreed to revise the CMM Program as follows:
The program will retain the Certificate in Meeting Management name and may also be referenced by the CMM acronym.
The criteria for participation in the CMM Program have been revised as follows to better align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS). Each candidate will be evaluated through a comprehensive application process with documented panel review against the following criteria.
Each future CMM Program participant will be required to develop a business case in which they must apply the course materials learned. The business case should reflect real situations, address current challenges that need to be resolved and be actionable – meaning the participant must have responsibility and influence over the challenges’ outcome. Each participant’s business case will be evaluated and scored against a pre-established standard of performance or rubric by CMM Program faculty.
Professionals that achieved the Certificate in Meeting Management from MPI prior to 2014 will retain the CMM designation, which is now supported by both MPI and GBTA. GBTA will communicate directly to individuals that achieved the comparable GBTA certificate regarding parameters for using the CMM designation.
In addition, MPI will reissue new certificates to existing CMM designees with the correct Certificate in Meeting Management branding. More details will be shared in the near future about how and when the new certificates will be provided.
On behalf of MPI and GBTA, thank you for your interest in the CMM Program. We recognize that it is your contributions, energy and support that are the foundation of MPI and, as such, we will always listen to your input and value your voice.
Again, thank you for your interest in this prestigious program, your passion for this industry and your support of MPI. We appreciate the feedback you have shared and believe these changes will strengthen the CMM Program going forward.
Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International
To view the letter, click here.
Flipping Conference Education For Successful Learning
Sure, the “flipped classroom” is a buzzword and the trend right now.
However, the concept of being learner-centric and providing active learning during the education session is not a trend!
It’s here to stay because it works!
Defining Flipped EducationSo what is the flipped conference education session?
In short, the term is used to describe any format where there is a pre-recorded or pre-conference feature. It might be a lecture on video, recorded PPT presentation or pre-conference webinar. The in-class conference session is then used for discussion, activities or exercises.
Flipped classroom attendees often view several lectures between three to ten minutes each before the conference. Attendees then bring their questions, concerns, thoughts and insights to the session to share with each other.
Why Flipped Education?This is not a fad about watching videos online. It is about attendees as participants in collaboration, inquiry and participation.
Flipped conference education:
1. Redefines conference education session as center for participant interaction.The focus is on what the attendee will do during the conference session, not just sit and listen. Speakers are no longer the sage on the stage but the guide on the side. Their focus is on helping attendees move from passive listeners to active participants to co-creators of knowledge.
RecertTrack Re-Launches Website to Deliver Enhanced Service to the Meetings Industry
RecertTrack, the online, environmentally sustainable recertification and e-certification tracking tool, has recently re-launched its website to deliver an enhanced user experience.
The updated site now provides an industry-specific portal for Association and Meeting Professionals (Association and Meeting Professionals Advancement Portal - www.recerttrack.com/assn-meetings).
The Guide to Association and Meetings Industry Certifications which was launched earlier this year, is also easily accessible and available for free download via the dedicated portal for Association and Meeting Professionals.
Cedric Calhoun, FASAE, CAE, CEO & Founder of RecertTrack commented, “The industry is taking continuing education more seriously and we are now seeing some 20,000 hits a month on the RecertTrack web site. Following feedback from the meetings industry, the new look and feel of the web site now provides the industry with a user-friendly platform to assist certified professionals in keeping their qualifications up-to-date, as well as providing instant access to knowledge and information in one centralised location that will allow them to advance their careers in the sector.”
The Association and Meetings Professionals' Advancement Portal brings global meetings education and industry news together with an e-certification renewal support and tracking solution that will track individual’s continuing education against certification requirements for association, convention, meeting, event and exhibition credentials.
RecertTrack is a privately held corporation based in Silver Spring, MD, USA. RecertTrack provides an online, environmentally sustainable method of recertification and certification tracking for individuals, companies, membership organizations, and certification and licensing boards. It is committed to helping professionals achieve success by providing a system that saves time, checks for human error, and does not consume paper waste. RecertTrack gives individuals the ability to track their professional development activities, store their recertification documentation, and submit their recertification applications in zip files. Reviewers are able to log in to the online system and ensure that these individuals have met credentialing requirements; corporations that rely on certified and licensed professionals can easily verify the credentialing status of their certified or licensed professionals. RecertTrack is changing recertification one tree at a time with a tool that promotes efficiency, quality, and environmental sustainability.
A view of a digital classroom.
Has the internet truly changed conventional education in the classroom? Are students learning more and better with the recent technologies?
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Three Reasons Not To Start An Association Certification Program
“All organizations can develop certification.
But not all should!” ~ Mickie Rops, CAE, Credentialing Expert
Some organizations think creating a certification program is the sure way to solve some of its problems. Sometime it is a valid way to solve industry-related challenges. Sometimes, it is like using a screwdriver to hammer nails. It just doesn’t fit the problem.
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